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I don't want to fight the legion right now because I still need to do some quest for them and I really want a machete gladius, but every time I try to pickpocket a legion member they somehow catch me. I use a stealth boy, wait until night when they are sleeping, and I have a sneak of 70, but they still catch me somehow. I tried sneaking killing one in a room where he was by himself, but when I left the room the other legion members somehow knew I killed him and attacked me. Is there any legion member that I can pickpocket that has a machete gladius without being caught because the ones I am pickpocketing are advanced legion members, but I can't find anyone else who has it.
I picked it up when I was destroyed the Legion after they told me to remove my weapons (same reason I destroyed the Tops, boy I love very easy!), but if you want it without fighting them, afraid I can't help. The ballistic fists are a lot better in any case.
Yeah on wiki it just said that machete gladius is obtained on legion soldiers. I have tried multiple times reloding and pickpocketing I can't get it to work. I haven't looked in all the footlockers, but I guess I will go look.
The easiest method I've discovered is in Cottonwood Cove. Right next to the HQ building is a square tent completely enclosed except for the entrance. During the day, a Decanus stands right outside the flap. If you hide and duck back a little into the tent, you can kill him with a single shot with spiked knuckles with very little in unarmed. If you can't, try a bit of psycho and buffout. I've been caught at it when using VATS, so I'd advise just taking a swipe at him. No rep loss or hostility if you kill him in one shot.
You honestly don't even need to sneak as long as you can kill that Centurion at Cottonwood Cove with one hit. As soon as you hit him with whatever immediately loot what you want and fast travel. If you do it fast enough you can get out of there before the Legion goes aggro on you and the next time you come back all is forgiven.